After four elderly people were targeted by a bogus caller posing as a police officer, officers are warning residents to be vigilant. The suspect is described as a white man between 5ft 1in to 5ft 8in tall. He wore dark clothing and spoke with a Liverpool or Scottish accent.
If you have any information, call DC Goodban on 101.
Five arrested after counterfeit notes are seized in Deal
On 14 March 2013 officers executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at an address in Deal, where a large quantity of cash and counterfeit notes were located. A 16-year-old man was arrested at a property in the area on suspicion of possessing counterfeit notes, class B drugs and for theft after stolen property was found at the address. Two men, aged 17 and 18, were also arrested for theft.
Further enquiries into the counterfeit money resulted in the arrests of a 63-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man. All five people have been released on bail, pending further enquiries.
APPEAL: Fatal collision on A2 near Dover
Kent Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on the A2 at Shepherdswell near Dover on Friday 15 March. A silver Skoda Octavia collided with an orange Komatsu digger just before 12.45am on the London-bound carriageway. A 13-year-old boy, who had been a passenger in the Skoda, died at the scene. Two other people were injured.
Anyone who saw the incident is asked to call the Kent Police Serious Collision Unit on 01622 798538.
Talk to your local officers
Come along to one of our public meetings over the next two weeks to chat with your neighbourhood officers about any policing issues where you live:
Thursday 28 March – 10.30am-12pm at Temple Ewell village hall
Find details of future meetings in your area, by visiting your ward page. Enter your postcode into the neighbourhood search.
Justice Seen, Justice Done
A 19-year-old man from Margate has been sentenced to 28 days detention in a young offender institution after pleading guilty to shoplifting alcohol worth £70.47 from a shop in Sandwich.
A 30-year-old man from Deal has been sentenced to 80 days in prison after pleading guilty to shoplifting and theft. In February, the man stole two charity boxes from premises in Deal High Street and food from a shop also in the area.
For more details of some of those brought before magistrates’ courts recently, visit the Justice Seen Justice Done section on our website – www.kent.police.uk/justice
Operation Castle – Week 7
Officers have made nearly 300 arrests and executed over 150 warrants as part of Operation Castle, Kent Police’s three-month crackdown on burglary and vehicle crime.
Kent Police’s seasonal crime prevention campaign runs from 25 March to 7 May. If you are planning days out over the Easter holidays, take a few moments to secure your home, vehicle and valuables and reduce opportunities for thieves.
While most people who call at your home will be genuine, Kent Police is asking residents to remain vigilant after two reports that bogus callers have posed as utility company officials or police officers to gain access to homes.
If someone calls at your door:
Lock your back door and windows before you answer and use your door chain or spy hole to check who is calling.
Always ask for identification, and contact their company yourself (not on a number they provide) to ensure they are who they say they are.
Don’t leave the door open or unattended, even for a few minutes. If you need to get your glasses or make a call, close the door first.
If you think you have a bogus caller at your door, call the police on 999 with details of what is happening and a description of the caller(s).
If someone tries to sell you goods or services that you don’t want or need at inflated prices, contact Trading Standards through the Citizen Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506.
Thieves target tools in vans and catalytic converters in Kent
Police are reminding residents and businesses to remain vigilant and keep vehicles secure after reports that catalytic converters and tools have been targeted by thieves.
Take steps to protect your vehicle by keeping it locked, parking in a garage or busy, well-lit area where possible and taking all valuables and tools with you when you leave. For more vehicle security tips visit www.kent.police.uk/vehicle
Police seize around two tonnes of cannabis resin
The drugs haul, which is said to be the largest seizure of cannabis resin in the Force’s history, was found in specially constructed metal boxes which had been placed in a lorry. It is thought to have a street value of just under £5million.
On 8 March 2013, officers stopped a lorry in Ashford which was hauling a 40ft refrigerated container. On searching the lorry, officers found two bright blue metal boxes which contained a vast quantity of cannabis resin.
The driver and two other men have been arrested.
Three men sentenced for £1.9m computer chip theft
Three men have been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for stealing high-value computer chips worth almost £2million.
The trio were arrested in September last year by officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate following the theft of the computer chips which were part of a larger consignment (£4.5million) being transported via lorry trailer via the UK to Holland.
A 66 year old woman has been arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending following an operation in Kent on Tuesday. The England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Kent County Council executed a warrant at a residential property in the Gravesend area, seizing documentation. The suspect was questioned and has since been released on bail until Thursday 30th May whilst further enquires are carried out.
KCC Cabinet member for Customer and Communities Mike Hill said: “This successful arrest is an excellent example of how the county council’s Trading Standards officers are working alongside the Illegal Money Lending team to crackdown on loan sharks. I hope this sends a strong message to those involved in this activity that Kent is no place for them.”
Nationally the Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured 222 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to more than 150 years worth of custodial sentences. They have written off almost £40 million worth of illegal debt and helped over 19,000 victims. To report a loan shark:
It will be necessary to close Marshborough Road, Marshborough, Woodnesborough from 12 March 2013 for up to 3 days.
The road will be closed in the vicinity of Rose Cottage.
There will be no access for through traffic between the junctions with Parsonage Farm Road and Beacon Hill Road.
The alternative route is via New Street, The Street, Guilton, A257 Ash Bypass, Sandwich Road, A258 Sandwich Bypass, Sandwich Road, The Street and Oak Hill to Marshborough Road.
The closure is to enable Southern Gas Networks to carry out works to provide a new gas supply.
Due to the nature of the works, it will not be possible to re-open the road outside the working hours
The Southern Gas Networks 24-hour Customer Service Centre phone number is 0845 070 1431
This bulletin contains public information and can be freely forwarded to any other road users who may be affected. Every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, but no liability can be accepted for any changes or errors.
Road names are taken from the National Street Gazetteer on Elgin, with alternative names given where known.